I just quit listening to the book To the Bright Edge of the World: A Novel by Eowyn Ivey. I had this book on a waiting list and was really anxious to listen to it. The book sounded like my sort of book…
historical fiction, exploring the frontier, the story told from more than one perspective….All good things.
For some reason, I did’t love it. I think part of my problem was that the book was super descriptive but I was chasing a time crunch. The book was about to expire and I wanted to get to the end….but all these descriptive words were in the way. Does that make sense?
I debated about trying to renew it but again, I wasn’t loving it so why? I ended up not finishing it. I didn’t like the male reader in the audio book version. I think the book would have been way better had it been read. I don’t know if the text the male read was so clinical or if it was the voice of the reader or both. Either way, when he talked, I felt myself being disconnected to the story. I ended up not finishing the book.
Then I went to Amazon and read the review. It made me second guess myself…Here’s the description…“In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn’t return–once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there’s no telling what awaits him.
The Wolverine River Valley is not only breathtaking and forbidding but also terrifying in ways that the colonel and his men never could have imagined. As they map the territory and gather information on the native tribes, whose understanding of the natural world is unlike anything they have ever encountered, Forrester and his men discover the blurred lines between human and wild animal, the living and the dead. And while the men knew they would face starvation and danger, they cannot escape the sense that some greater, mysterious force threatens their lives.
Meanwhile, on her own at Vancouver Barracks, Sophie chafes under the social restrictions and yearns to travel alongside her husband. She does not know that the winter will require as much of her as it does her husband, that both her courage and faith will be tested to the breaking point. Can her exploration of nature through the new art of photography help her to rediscover her sense of beauty and wonder?
The truths that Allen and Sophie discover over the course of that fateful year change both of their lives–and the lives of those who hear their stories long after they’re gone–forever. ”
Those reviewing went on to give the book 4.6 stars. Oh my. That is a really good rating. Did the book get better? Did the explorers actually get somewhere? Were all the starvation entries worth the final result? I guess I’ll never know and for now, I think I’m okay with that. Did anyone else read this? Did I miss a great book?